Why you’ll want to go
Food festivals offer a true taste of a destination’s diversity, showcasing the culinary magic of local chefs, star mixologists, and wine and beer experts. Through a variety of events, such as farm-to-table dinners, exclusive tastings, cooking demos, and other presentations, these gastronomic celebrations are fun, educational, and delicious experiences.
To get started, these are the most popular food festivals to visit in 2018:
Hawaiian Food and Wine Festival
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October 6–28, 2018: Each year, the Hawaiian Food and Wine Festival showcases more than 100 of the hottest chefs, winemakers and mixologists in the world. The festival, which celebrates Hawaii’s history, people and culture, includes events on three islands, attracting over 25 percent of its guests from the mainland U.S. and abroad. Chef Roy Yamaguchi, who created the Hawaiian Food and Wine Festival with co-founder and chef Alan Wong seven years ago, explained, “When we launched the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival in 2011, food and culinary began to take center stage in Hawaii again. The star power from chefs helped the festival shine a spotlight on Hawaii’s food scene. The impact of this national exposure on Hawaii is evident today in the proliferation of Hawaiian (and poke) themed restaurants on the mainland, as well as when you look at the recent increase in James Beard Award nominees from Hawaii over the last few years.”